Thank you so much for replying. I am an avid reader of your articles and I agree with your views.
As far the Dawoodi Bohras are concerned, they are amongst the richest and the most educated communities in India and many of them also live in western countries. They have their origins in Yemen and came to India for trade a few centuries ago. Unlike the other Moslems in India, these people are liberal and allow their daughters the freedom to choose any profession and pursue their dreams.
Nobody knew that they practice [female circumcision] until a few years ago when a few women spoke out. Since then there has been a strong protest from the community against the practice. They make no distinction between hood removal and infibulation. The practice of [female circumcision] is so secretly carried out that not even the fathers and the brothers of the girls are told about it. Most Bohra men are unaware of the fact that most of their female relatives have been circumcised.
Some of these women compare their experiences with that of Waris Dirie and claim that they cannot experience any sexual pleasure. This is definitely not true since the removal of clitoral hood is exactly analogous to male circumcision, which these women accept without any qualms. And some of the women from the community who practice this ritual are themselves highly educated doctors. There are highly qualified doctors from the community who perform this surgery with sterile tools in posh hospitals. Even Bohra girls who live in western countries are brought to India to undergo the procedure.
I think it's the publicity they receive that has prompted most of these women to "speak out" against this practice. Many Bohra journalists who were nothing more than mediocre are now among the most widely read. Bohra writers whose columns were rarely read are now treated like celebrities. And all this because they write about the "agony" they feel daily due to their circumcision. These women want gender equality only when it suits them and I can clearly see how biased they are. They seek donations to fund their cause and receive millions in charity every year.
I look forward to hearing more from you.
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